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First time bacon - question

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On ‎5‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 11:44 AM, backyardgriller said:

I started with small amounts, and now do several whole bellies at a time.  I use Meathead's bacon recipe.  It's always a hit.  I usually get some of the neighbors involved.

They have to take care of the bacon during the curing process, then we get together to smoke it and have a few beverages.    I guarantee you'll never have any complaints about smoke if you do this.

I've used Meatheads recipe and found it to be way too sweet for my liking.   And as someone said, the sugar burns easily.   Next time I'm using a recipe with no sugar in it. 

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I always use costco pork belly. This is my latest batch using a brine method. Brined for 8 days and smoked without any dry time. Used some celery salt in the cure. Smoked on a pellet grill using Maple Hickory Cherry wood pellets til 140 internal temp.

 

Best bacon I've made. I doubt I'd dry cure anymore after this.

 

Want to get heritage pork belly to see if there is a difference.

 

 

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20 hours ago, BURGER MEISTER said:

I've used Meatheads recipe and found it to be way too sweet for my liking.   And as someone said, the sugar burns easily.   Next time I'm using a recipe with no sugar in it. 

I agree completely, andI do cut back on the sugar quite a bit.   I cook it at a very low temp to avoid burning and it usually comes out well enough.

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I just tried John Setzler's maple smoked bacon recipe from YouTube, and it was the first bacon I've ever done. It was relatively easy to do, but I would agree that the maple syrup is not necessary.

 

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I sliced it all by hand, which was an education in itself... Getting that huge slab down to manageable proportions, and then slicing true for 8" or so. I cubed the ends when they got too thin to cut safely and get away with all my fingers ;-) Those bits'll go into the next batch of twice baked potatoes I cook...

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